The Kaua‘i High School’s girls basketball team blew a 10-point lead they had in the first half, to lose to Waimea High School 47-36.
Kaua‘i had a 20-17 lead going into the half but it was that elusive third quarter that has been haunting the Raiders all season that got to them.
“That was more of a dry spell this time,” said Kaua‘i head coach Angela Lopez. “There were a few times where they were just down the court and missed some easy shots.”
Waimea’s senior and co-captain Moani Durant had a good third quarter, scoring 13 of her 23 points there.
“Coach said somebody had to step up, so I had to step it up,” she said. “We just needed to build momentum going into our playoff game.”
Durant also picked up four rebounds, two blocks and was 3-for-6 on the free throw line.
Carie Inouye came up big for Kaua‘i, coming up one rebound shy of a double-double, with 18 points and nine rebounds. Nine of her points came from three 3-pointers.
Despite another loss, this was one of the better performances Lopez has seen out of her players.
“They played their hearts out,” she said. “It would have been better if it were a win, but I’m happy with them. (Against Kapa‘a this Friday) they’re going to play their hearts out again and we’ll see who comes out on top.”
Kaua‘i plays Kapa‘a High School this Friday.